8 More Last-Minute Grammy Dramas
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February 2002: Michael Jackson came close to agreeing to perform on the show for the first time since his show-stopping performance of "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man In The Mirror" in 1988. The only problem: He wanted to get some kind of honorary award in return. The Recording Academy refused to play that game. The performance didn't happen. P.S. In January 2010, seven months after he died, Jackson got his award from the Grammys—a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Feb. 25, 1998: Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion were set to perform their nominated duet "Tell Him" at Radio City Music Hall. Two days before the show, Streisand got sick and couldn't make rehearsals. The day before the show, with Streisand no better, the producers asked Dion to instead sing her then-current smash "My Heart Will Go On." The morning of the show, Streisand was feeling better and said she would be able to do it after all. Dion, a trouper, agreed to switch back to "Tell Him." Then Streisand learned that her hair and make-up people, believing it was off, had already flown back to L.A. Streisand cancelled. Dion sang "My Heart Will Go On." Would the duet have made anyone forget the legendary 1963 TV clip of Judy Garland and Streisand? Probably not. But it might well have made a nice bookend to that sequence.